MURRAY LYNN BOYCE,* who is successfully engaged in agriculture in Burnside township,
was born in the old log house on his present homestead, situated near East Ridge, November 8, 1887, a son of Mordecai
and Eliza (Troxall) Boyce. His paternal grandfather, Jacob Boyce, was an early settler in this locality; he married
Mordecai Boyce was born near Reading, Pa., in 1836, and came to Clearfield county with his parents in 1837, when
a mere babe, they settling on the location of the present homestead, which then consisted entirely of tithber land.
As soon as he was old enough he assisted in the work of clearing the farm, but later took up surveying, which occupation
he followed all his subsequent life, his death taking place February 4th, in the present year, 1911. He was a member
of the United Brethren church. He was never actively interested in politics, but in 1861 he was appointed postmaster
of what was then known as East Ridge postoffice. He married Eliza Troxall, a daughter of John and Lydia (Hessinger)
Troxall, both natives of Union county, Pa., and she is still living, being now sixty years of age. Her paternal
grandfather was George Troxall, born in 1782 at New Caledonia, Pa., his father having come to America from Germany.
He married Mary Hoffman, who was born in 1779. The children of Mordecai Boyce and wife who are now living are Murray
L., the subject of this sketch; and Lydia N., who resides in Eldorado, Pa.
Murray L. Boyce, after attending school in his boyhood, was trained to the work of the farm.. By way of securing
a practical education, however, he went to Altoona, Pa., where he took a commercial course. Returning home later
on account of his father's failing health, he resumed agricultural operations, which he has since continued. He
also follows surveying to some extent, having properly qualified himself for that profession. He is regarded as
one of the substantial and reliable citizens of his township and is a man who has many friends. He is a member
of Redwood lodge of Harmony, P. S. of A., of Plattville, Pa. In politics he is a Republican, but so far has not
served in public office. As he is still quite a young man, energetic and enterprising, the future doubtless holds
much in store for him.
Note - Sketches unrevised by subscribers are distinguished by a small astrict (*).
Twentieth Century History of
Clearfield County, Pennsylvania
and Representative Citizens.
BY: Roland D. Swoope, Jr.
Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co,
Chicago, Ill. 1911
Clearfield County Pennsylvania Biographies
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